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Well, short stories build writer muscles.
Writing short stories forces you to get the story up and running quickly, thereby grabbing your reader’s attention.
Short stories that get published in an anthology are a great way to get your name out there and start building a following while you finish your novel.
Ditto for a chapter or scene from a short story.
But while all of those are good reason, they are not THE reason.
No, that’s not it, either.
Writing short stories the way we do it here gets your story into a contest and possibly an anthology, but in the process it gets you to let someone else see it (me) and get input on it (from me) by a nice person (me).
Then a lot of those stories or scenes go from potentially never being seen by eyes other than you and…
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